beat the pants off (of) (someone)

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beat the pants off (of) (someone)

slang To defeat an opponent decisively. Despite using the word "pants," this phrase does not involve literally stripping off someone's clothes. The final score was 17-1? Wow, we really beat the pants off that team!
See also: beat, off, pant

beat the pants off

Also, beat hollow. Win decisively over someone, outdo. For example, When it comes to the Patriots' Day parade, Lexington beats the pants off the neighboring towns , or This beer beats the other brands hollow. Both phrases use beat in the sense of "surpass." Pants off has served as an intensifier since about 1930; the variant dates from about 1775.
See also: beat, off, pant

beat the pants off

prove to be vastly superior to. informal
1990 Paul Auster The Music of Chance ‘Not bad, kid,’ Nashe said. ‘You beat the pants off me.’
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The American said that he would not say the player's name but that it just rhymes with Schmovak Schmokovic, adding that he was him self kind of talking trash and then Djokovic came out and beat the pants off him as he would.
I'm always trying to beat the pants off him and vice versa and it really works to give the show an edge,' said Marty, still going great guns at 65.
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